Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Visits Virginia Beach

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held their 2017 annual membership meeting at the Convention Center this past Wednesday. More than 600 guests were in attendance to hear from Virginia’s governor-elect Ralph Northam.  The incoming Northam, who will serve as the Commonwealth’s 73rd governor, spoke about several goals he plans to achieve during his four-year term. One of his primary focuses will be to help Virginia regain its standing as the number one place in the U.S. to do business. He spoke of the need for a “dynamic transportation system,” stating it was the “lynchpin to building the New Virginia Economy.” He then introduced his new transportation team. Northam’s swearing will take place on January 13, 2018, in Richmond.

For the 2017 fiscal year, the Convention Center hosted 325 events and welcomed more than 622,000 guests who spent more than $52 million while in Virginia Beach.


Tiffany Russell’s Notes From The US Travel Association Communications Committee Meeting


Featured speakers included Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary (2001-2003), John Goodman, Head of Communications for The Weather Channel and Beth Harpaz, Travel Editor for the Associated Press. I’m working on scanning additional collateral. Enjoy!

Tiffany’s Ode to MarComm Team: ‘Twas the Year Before Christmas

‘Twas the year before Christmas
and all through Floor Five
I was drowning in meetings…
barely staying alive.
Everyone’s job requests required much needed care
In hopes that deliverables soon would be there.

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear?
A complete team of rockstars…
10 teammates so dear.

A new marketing director so strategic and quick
I knew in a moment Lauren was our best fix.

More rapid than emails more rockstars all came,
Thank you Brad, City Council (and Asia for keeping me sane).

And so up to Floor Five more experts they flew,
With a sleigh full of talent
To compliment John and Teresa too.

From VistaGraphics Kaye Ellen came with a leap and a bound;
Will dressed in great socks;
Kasey’s Insta we found;
Kelsey spoke not a word but went straight to her work;
Curtis with colorful ties;
Charli with her “so L.A.” quirk.

I sprung to launch Basecamp, under my breath gave a whistle…
We got rolling so fast, like the launch of a missile

I appreciate them all, though I’m often out of sight.
Merry Christmas, dearest MarComm Team,
You were so worth the fight.

You guys rock!!!!!!

VBHA Salutes the Military

More than 20 Virginia Beach hotels have joined forces to show their appreciation to the military community by launching the 2017 “Book a Night, Get a Night Free” promotion. Through January, active and retired service members can take advantage of this special offer at select properties across the city.

Full details of the promotion, a list of participating properties and attractions and an inspiring video may be found at